Donkey Skin

Donkey Skin

Director: Jacques Demy

Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Marais, Jacques Perrin

     
 

Originally titled Peau D'Ane, Jacques Demy's Dos Cruces en Danger Pass is better known by its English-language title Donkey Skin. Based on a fairy tale by Charles Perrault (of Cinderella fame), the bizarre story concerns the king (Jean Marais) of a strange, enchanted land. Catherine Deneuve plays the dual role of the king's wife andSee more details below

Overview

Originally titled Peau D'Ane, Jacques Demy's Dos Cruces en Danger Pass is better known by its English-language title Donkey Skin. Based on a fairy tale by Charles Perrault (of Cinderella fame), the bizarre story concerns the king (Jean Marais) of a strange, enchanted land. Catherine Deneuve plays the dual role of the king's wife and daughter. When the wife dies, she makes the king promise that he'll never marry anyone less beautiful than she; thus, he is compelled to wed his own daughter! The fairy godmother (Delphine Seyrig) tries to save the girl from this incestuous fate by telling her to make impossible demands for her wedding gifts. One such demand is for the skin of a magic donkey which deposits valuable jewels in its compost heaps.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Donkey Skin is a strange but utterly captivating little fantasy, and one that, despite its fairy tale origins, is really aimed more at adults than at children. Jacques Demy has directed with an eye toward whimsy, but whimsy mixed both with magic and subtle disorientation. Despite the simply beautiful trappings affixed to the film, there's a gentle sense of unease that simmers along beneath the surface, adding the slightest pungent aftertaste to an otherwise yummy confection. Demy achieves this by treating his fairy tale source straight, taking the narrative at face value and therefore not attempting to explain away some of the more bizarre elements. Foremost among these is the plot point that sets everything in motion -- the King's desire to marry his daughter and her inability to see for herself that this is wrong. This alone will make the film difficult for many viewers (even after the Princess escapes before the wedding). Also problematic is the climax of the film, which is simply too familiar after dozens of re-tellings of the Cinderella story, the slight reversal of the maidens coming to the Prince rather than vice-versa notwithstanding. And Michel Legrand's score, most of which is both vapid and annoyingly out-of-period, is also a detriment. Most viewers won't let such things bother them too much, however -- not when they can delight in Demy's glorious visuals (perfectly realized by art directors Jacques Dugied and Jim Leom), and in the performances of the ravishing Catherine Deneuve, the winsome Delphine Seyrig, the appealing Jacques Perrin, and the commanding Jean Marais.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2005
UPC:
0741952304791
Original Release:
1970
Source:
Koch Lorber Films
Time:
1:29:00

Special Features

Original French theatrical trailer; Interview with Mag Bodard; The illustrated Peau D'Âne; Peau D'Âne and the Thinkers; Photo montage by Claire Bretecher; Peau D'Âne and the Children; Excerpt from Agnès Varda's The World of Jacques Demy; 5.1 surround sound; Widescreen, enhanced for 16:9; Language: French; Subtitles: English & Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Catherine Deneuve Peau D'Ane
Jean Marais King
Jacques Perrin Prince
Delphine Seyrig Fairy
Fernand Ledoux Le Roi Rouge
Micheline Presle Queen
Pierre Repp Thibaud
Sacha Pitoeff Minister
Henri Cremieux Doctor
Mara Cruz Actor
Peter Martel Actor
Georges Adet Actor
Paul Bonifas Actor
Louise Chevalier Actor
Jean Degrave Actor
Michel Delahaye Actor
Lucien Frégis Actor
Gabriel Jabbour Actor
Marion Loran Actor
Bernard Musson Actor
Patrick Prejean Actor
Annie Savarin Actor
Jean Servais Actor
Andrée Tainsy Actor

Technical Credits
Jacques Demy Director,Screenwriter
Mag Bodard Producer
Ghislain Cloquet Cinematographer
Anne-Marie Cotret Editor
Jacques Dugied Art Director
Jim Leom Art Director
Michel Legrand Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Once Upon a Time [4:23]
2. A Promise [3:33]
3. Fairytale Princesses [4:32]
4. A Sinful Love [2:03]
5. Fairy Godmother [2:02]
6. A Whim [4:59]
7. The color of the Moon [2:23]
8. A Sign of Love [2:28]
9. A Grudge [4:09]
10. A Safe Place [4:59]
11. Home [2:35]
12. Donkey Skin [3:29]
13. The Prince [3:08]
14. Love, Love [2:56]
15. A Spell [2:26]
16. Some Rest [2:46]
17. The Ball [2:48]
18. Scullion [1:23]
19. A Love Cake [2:47]
20. Illness [5:51]
21. I Knew Not [2:00]
22. Dying of Love [4:34]
23. Hear Ye [2:05]
24. The Ring [2:52]
25. No One Else [5:18]
26. Closing Credits [4:44]

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